Peter Heine Nielsen breaks down the match Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi
Peter Heine Nielsen is perhaps the most successful World Championship second ever. From 2002 to 2012 the Danish grandmaster worked as Vishy Anand’s second and coach, and from 2013 until now Nielsen has supported Magnus Carlsen.
Over the course of his cooperation with Anand and Carlsen, Nielsen has won no fewer than eight world championship matches: four with Anand (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012) and four with Carlsen (2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021).
After the World Championship match between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi in Dubai, IM Sagar Shah took the opportunity to ask Nielsen about the match in an extensive interview.
In the interview Nielsen, who as head coach in Dubai coordinated the team around Carlsen (Laurent Fressinet, Jan Gustafsson, Jorden van Foreest and Daniil Dubov), which was scattered across Europe and connected digitally, talks about the highlights and the important moments of all eleven games and occasionally reveals how “Team Carlsen” experienced the games.
The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6) can arise via various move orders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black’s most fascinating replies to 1 d4. Magnus Carlsen’s second, Grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen explains in detail what this opening is all about.